Zacco is a true European full-service consultancy with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. We are more than 500 IP professionals including over 125 authorised patent attorneys and over 75 authorised Trademark and Design Attorneys and attorneys-at-law covering seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Zacco as a firm and many of our attorneys have achieved top tier rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management, and Legal 500 that vouch for the outstanding quality of our services. We are the leading “one single point of contact” for handling European cases.
Patent, Trademark and Design Prosecution
Through our European offices and the local expertise Zacco cover the following jurisdictions in Europe: EPO, EUIPO, Norway, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark, meaning that you only need one point of contact to handle all your patent prosecution in seven European jurisdictions. Zacco is ranked as a tier-1 firm in several of the mentioned countries, and a considerable number of our attorneys have achieved individual recommendations in well-established IP rankings.
Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European Patent Attorneys, Zacco can provide you with an expert for your specific field of technology. You will find a great match for your needs, no matter if you have an invention within chemistry, mechanics or biotech, or in the areas of digitalisation, software and AI.
Generally, our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on European trademark and design practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EU Intellectual Property Office.
Litigation and Disputes
When in need of experts within IP litigation and dispute matters, we at Zacco can represent our clients ourselves within these jurisdictions: EUIPO/EPO, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Unlike a traditional law firm we are renowned experts on IP, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests.
In contrast to many other IP firms in Scandinavia, Zacco also provides the full range of IP legal services cross border. These services are offered by a cooperation of law firms and lawyers working and sharing offices with Zacco throughout Scandinavia and in Germany.
The legal practice serves all industries with legal advice and assistance in connection with the drafting and negotiation of contracts relating to intellectual property, GDPR and other compliance matters, advertising and e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, establishment of customs surveillance and other measures for the prevention or combat of counterfeiting.
Zacco’s lawyers have successfully represented international clients in proceedings before the national courts and the European Court of Justice.
Our Vision – IP 360: The Future of Intellectual Property
Zacco takes care of its clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets. Everything that you literally can’t put your finger on. We protect them, give our clients ownership and make them theirs to keep – now and in the future.
Due to its size, Zacco has specialists in almost all areas of intellectual property. Our service offerings cover the whole range of patent, trademark and design protection and litigation, as well as secure software development, digital brand protection, cybersecurity and portfolio management.
The world changes, and so do we. Zacco is constantly evolving and adjusting to its surroundings. With a recent broadening of its scope of services, Zacco is focused on meeting the implications and possibilities of digitalisation. This broadening involves applying a 360-degree perspective on intellectual property, including cybersecurity and software. The overall purpose is to guard all intangible assets of Zacco’s clients.
150 years’ experience of innovative thinking
We have a long history as an international IP consultancy dating back to 1870. Through continuous focus on developing and expanding our services and our long-term growth strategy, Zacco has developed into one of Europe’s largest and most experienced IP consulting firms.
Acapo is one of the leading Intellectual Property consultancy firms in Norway with offices in Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim and Fredrikstad. Acapo deals exclusively with intellectual property rights, and we cover the whole range og IPR services. We represent a large number of successful national and international companies as well as several research institutions with respect to their intellectual rights. We always aim for the highest degree of quality and service.
Our services include advisory services within all fields of IPR. Filing and prosecution of applications for European and Norwegian patents is within our core field of business. Our lawyers attend to litigation of cases pertaining to i.a. patents, trademarks and marketing law. The highly skilled staff of Acapo handles filing of applications for Norwegian trademark and design registrations.
As a full-serviced IPR-firm, Acapo also attend to maintenance of patents, and design and trademark registrations.
Memberships: INTA, FICPI, ITMA, EPI, The Norwegian Patent Attorney Association , Marques, LESI, The Norwegian Bar Association.
Bryn Aarflot AS is a full-service IP boutique and one of Norway’s leading IP firms. The firm provides services on all levels and across all disciplines of intellectual property and related areas of law, including patent, design and trademark clearance/FTO, filing and prosecution services, as well as legal assistance, enforcement and litigation services within said fields, copyrights, unfair competition and more. From its office in Oslo, Norway, the firm assists a number of foreign clients of all sizes in clearing, protecting, licensing and enforcing their intellectual property in Norway, as well as Norwegian companies with similar interests in Norway and abroad.
Established in 1947, Bryn Aarflot has strong roots and a long history in the IP environment. Throughout the years, the firm has built solid and valuable professional relationships with a large network of highly qualified attorneys, law firms and IP agents across the globe, enabling swift and adequate handling of virtually any IP-related challenge its clients may meet, without territorial boundaries.
With a strong foothold in traditional patent and trademark prosecution services, while constantly looking to evolve and adapt according to market trends and demands, Bryn Aarflot has expanded its scope of services into the contentious arena and other aspects of IP-related services. Today, the firm stands out as one of Norway’s most successful full-service IP firms. By offering clients a full range of high-quality IP services, the company assists clients throughout the lifecycle of any intangible asset or IP right.
The firm is one of Norway’s largest of its kind, with a strong team of highly experienced lawyers and European Patent Attorneys covering all fields of technology and intellectual property and related areas of law. It also has a highly experienced administrative staff, ensuring diligent monitoring and handling of deadlines and formal requirements.
During the last years, the company’s litigation work has sharply increased, with several court hearings before both lower and higher courts in matters concerning patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition.
A small team of the company’s lawyers is now working primarily on contentious matters across all disciplines of intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents, trademarks, design and unfair competition.
The firm currently counts 24 attorneys in total. This includes 15 European Patent Attorneys, of which nine are partners at different levels. Of the nine Attorneys-at-Law, eight are partners on different levels. In addition, the company CEO, Kristine Aarflot, who is a senior partner in the firm, holds approximately 20 years of experience as a trademark attorney.
Bryn Aarflot is regularly recognized as a top-tier IP firm in Norway by a number of legal publications. The company was named “IP Firm of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2016 and 2017 as well as in 2020, and has been shortlisted for this award, and ranked as a top tier firm in both trademark and patent prosecution each year for at least the last decade. In 2015- 2020, Bryn Aarflot was also ranked in the contentious categories for trademark/copyright and patent. Several of the firm’s attorneys are regularly named among the top professionals within their respective fields of expertise in different IP awards by other renowned publications, such as the IAM Patent 1000, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, ILO Client Choice Awards (wins throughout 2013-2019), Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, etc.
Bryn Aarflot made the top rankings in the WTR 1000 for the years 2011 to 2020 and several of its partners were listed in the individual rankings for each of these years. In the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of the WTR 1000, the firm had more individuals listed than any other Norwegian firm. Several of the firm’s lawyers are actively engaged in national and international IP associations such as FONIP (Norwegian daughter association of FICPI), and sub-committees of INTA, and in giving lectures and writing articles for various professional publications. The firm aims to be Norway’s most client-attentive, adaptive and service-minded IP firm, making the Bryn Aarflot name synonymous with proactive attendance to client interests and needs.
Network Memberships INTA, ECTA, AIPPI, EPI, FICPI, LES, Norwegian Bar Association
Protector IP Consultants is the IP consultancy that puts quality before quantity and long-time business relationships before short term profit. Whether our client is a multinational corporation or an entrepreneur, we strive to provide the best tailor-suited service according to the client's needs.
We are a lean and efficient IPR agency with a total number of 20 highly skilled professionals. We work closely with our clients and to find the best and most efficient solutions to our clients' intellectual property needs. We strive to understand the company strategy of our clients and closely link our advices on IPR strategy to this.
We represent clients before the Norwegian Patent Office (Patentstyret), the Eurpoean Patent Office (EPO). and the EUIPO (former OHIM).
In countries where we cannot represent clients directly, we choose among the best attorneys in our network. We strive to have personal knowledge of the agents we use in each country. This ensures high quality work in all foreign prosecution.
We are different. First and foremost because we are personal, direct and seamless in meeting our customers, but also because our expertise and experience enable a holistic approach to the customer's IP needs.
IP Legal Services - Licensing, Contracts, Agreements, Due Diligence
IP Enforcement & Conflicts - Administrative measures, Negotiations, Judicial conflicts
IP Investigations & Surveillance - Preliminary Searches, Freedom to Operate, Surveillance
Some of the largest Norwegian companies, such as Aker Solutions, Nortura, Bring/Posten and Fred. Olsen & Co., have chosen us as their IP consultant. We also serve smaller companies that are in the forefront of their field, such as Norrøna, Laerdal Medical and Roxar.
In addition to Christoffer Vedal, head of legal department and recognized among the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals by WTR 1000, we are proud to have Ida Marie Daae and Thomas Hvammen Nicholson, former examiner with EUIPO among our experienced attorneys. Ingeborg Alme Råsberg is our latest addition to our legal team. She brings with her a strong track record from both the Nowegian Patent Authority and EUIPO.
In the patent field, we have Bjarne G. Coward, who has been recognized by IAM as a master tactician. In addition, we have the experienced litigation assistant and former Reporter General of FICPI's CET commission, Arild Tofting, EPI Board Member and optical measurement specialist, Dag E. Thrane, material technology specialist and former independent inventor, Espen Hov, electro-technical and mechincal expert, Krister Mindrebø, and Anne-Gro Bildøe Imset, a mechincal expert with more than 8 years of experience from the Norwegian Patent Office and currently a Coach for Students in the Candidate Support Project organized by EPO in collaboration with EPI.
Our Managing Director, Petter Westnes, is an experienced IP strategist. He comes from the customer side and has managed large international IP portfolios for many years.